Generic: Willow bark
treats Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lower back pain, and Headache
This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature, and was peer- reviewed and edited by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com): Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD (University of Toronto); Cynthia Dacey, PharmD (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Jessica Clubb, PharmD (Northeastern University); Molly Davis, PharmD (University of Rhode Island); Antoinette Edmondson, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Nicole Giese, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Mary McGarry, RPh (University of Kansas); Son Le, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); William Nguyen, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Anabela Santos, PharmD (Northeastern University); Susanne Schadde, MD; Shaina Tanguay- Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD (Massachusetts General Hospital), Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration).
BibliographyDISCLAIMER: Natural Standard developed the above evidence- based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.
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